to make less; to diminish, to reduce ...1657 obs. rare
from classical Latin minu-, present stem of minuere (to lessen, to diminish) + -ate
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1657 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Its faculty is to minuate the spleen, to break and expell the stone, to move urine, to abate singulture, and cure the Jaundies..."
From: A Medicinal Dispensatory, Containing The Whole Body of Physick
- Jean de Renou
Translated by Richard Tomlinson